Fast planned to remember Mass. immigration sweep
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Two leaders of New Bedford’s immigrant community are planning a three-day fast to mark the sixth anniversary of a sweep for illegal immigrants on a city leather goods factory.
The raid by federal officials on the Michael Bianco Inc. factory on March 6, 2007, picked up 361 workers in a move immigrant advocates strongly criticized.
David Rolando Oliva of the Workers Community Center and Francisco Ramos of United Interfaith Action of Southeastern Massachusetts will live 72 hours on just water and honey.
Oliva tells The Standard-Times (http://bit.ly/166QMF3) that the fast starting Wednesday aims to send a message to federal immigration officials that those without immigration papers aren’t criminals.
In 2009, the president of Michael Bianco was sentenced to a year in prison for harboring illegal immigrants.